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UPEI presents winner of Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition

On Sunday, Nov. 1, the UPEI Music Department will present violinist, Joshua Peters, the winner of Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, in concert at the university’s Dr. Steel Recital Hall. 

Joshua Peters

The Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition is the most important annually held contemporary music competition for emerging Canadian performing artists in piano, voice and strings. Established in 1976, the E-Gré Competition discovers, develops, and promotes exceptional young Canadian performing musicians who show artistic proficiency, knowledge, and keen interest in Canadian and international repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The semifinal and final rounds are live recitals performed at Brandon University in Winnipeg, Man., for an esteemed panel of jurors and audience members. Shortly after the competition, the winner performs recitals during a three-week residency at the Casalmaggiore International Festival in Italy before the cross-Canada winner’s tour in November. The Nov. 1 concert at the University of P.E.I. is part of this winner’s tour.

For 38 years, the annual E-Gré Competition and Winner’s National Tour have played a significant role in the early careers of Canadian performers recognized nationally and internationally for their achievements in music.

This year’s winner, Peters, was born and raised in Winnipeg. He began his violin studies at the age of four and continued his studies at McGill University and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Particularly drawn to the performance of chamber music, Peters has collaborated with renowned musicians including Menahem Pressler and  André LaPlante, and members of the Emerson, Concord, St. Lawrence, and Pacifica quartets. He has appeared as a soloist on numerous occasions with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, as concertmaster of the McGill Symphony Orchestra, and as a member of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

Peters was also the first-prize winner of the 2014 WMC Doris McClellan Competition.

Pianist Katherine Dowling will be accompanying Peters on this national tour. Following two seasons as a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, she was awarded the Henri Kohn Memorial Prize and appointed to the contemporary ensemble-in residence of the centre, the New Fromm Players. She has worked with artists such as the Jupiter String Quartet, Shauna Rolston, Joel Sachs, Marc Destrubé, composers John Harbison, Anthony Cheung, Marco Stroppa, and David Lang.

The Nov. 1 concert on the UPEI campus in Charlottetown starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the door, online at or by calling or emailing the music office at 902-566-0507 or

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